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Understanding the impact of leg ulcer bandaging on patient quality of life

Literature has shown that patients with leg ulcers can have a significantly poorer quality of life compared to those without leg ulcers. In addition, research has identified problematic relationships between patients with leg ulcers and practitioners, such as community nurses. The author contends that this mismatch needs to be addressed in order to improve patient quality of life through leg ulcer bandaging. He makes several recommendations for practice and highlights that community practitioners need to use innovative practice to help improve the quality of leg ulcer bandaging care they deliver. The overall aim of this article is to establish the extent of community practitioners’ understanding of the impact of leg ulcer bandaging on patient quality of life.

Edwin Tapiwa Chamanga, Tissue Viability Service Lead, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust